Lesson 1 (from Flashback: A Brief History of Film Chapters 1-4)
When the first film was ever projected, history was made and, literally, the world was never going to be the same. Creativity melded with science, and art was produced for everyone to see. Soon, filmmakers were developing plot lines, characters, and special effects, creating compelling stories and captivating their audiences. This unleashing of creativity allowed actors to tap into their vaudeville and physical comedy roots, introducing the world to comedic geniuses such as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, or talented legends Greta Garbo and Douglas Fairbanks. Through this new technology, the world gained another art form. This lesson will explore the melding of science and creativity in the early days of movies.
1) Class Discussion: How did still photographs of a horse's gallop lead to the invention of the Kinetoscope? In what ways is this one of the first examples of how art and science develop...
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